Malaysia’s Guinness World Records tower runner aims higher

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 -- After successfully putting his name in the Guinness World Records (GWR), tower runner Soh Wai Ching is still not satisfied and has come out with a new mission to rewrite his own record and crack the tower run record of 1.6 km in an hour.

This time, he hopes to break the vertical running record of 1.6 km in an hour held by Ryoji Watanabe of Japan, on Nov 18 after climbing Tokyo Skytree, a broadcasting and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo.

“This is my target. The record is now held by Japanese runner, Ryoji Watanabe… after conquering 1.6 km in 66 minutes and 58 seconds.

"I want to do it in an hour, to smash two records in one goal. My current record and the one mile record," he told Bernama.

On Nov 18, Wai Ching set a new world record for vertical running after climbing 1.295 kilometres in an hour to eclipse the record of Spanish runner, David Robles Tapia.

Wai Ching said he is planning to carry out the run on May 6 2021, as it is a symbolic date in the history of athletics.

However, he said the venue to realise his mission is still not finalised because apart from Malaysia, he is also considering the Burj Khalifah in Dubai and Shanghai Tower in China for the challenge.

On May 6 1954, British runner Sir Roger Bannister ran one mile or 1.6 km under four minutes which was then thought to be impossible scientifically.


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